November 2022: Open The Door

One thing that I must remind you in your pursuit today, I want you to remember this: open the door.

When you are accepting and knowledgeable of all your identities, proclivities, quirks, and kinks, you will be able to take all of them back to the page. Bring them all to stories, to plays, freeing you to create, re-create and imagine as you see fit.

The pre-requisite always being acceptance and acknowledgement of who you are. If you can do this, it will require you to examine you, the world around you, and to make peace with both of them–even if that means acknowledging that both seem not to co-exist.

You have the freedom and power to create the life you want, even on paper.

Encouragement Pages-11/04/2022

There are three things which power my gratitude as a writer:

1.) Humility

2.) Imagination

3.) Belief in self

I am aware that this gift could be given to anyone else. I am aware that if I don’t use this gift, it will dull–and I cannot take it for granted. And for this cause, I must continue to be grateful.

I would remind you to do the same.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

November 2022: For The Mirror

You are in the world.

Let me say it again: YOU ARE IN THE WORLD.

With that, I am a firm believer that every life has a legacy, and there is no life which exists that will not touch another. Ever!

As we go into the last months of the year, I want to ask you this question: ‘What do you want to see?”

What stories do you want to tell?

Why do you want to tell them?

Why is it important to tell them?

Stories are records of survival! Stories are legacy! And they are needed–and necessary. From poems, to biographies/autobiographies, to journals–someone needs to be able to trace you in the world. And there is nothing wrong with that.

What will you leave in the world, dear writer? What will you leave in the world?

Encouragement Pages-10/19/2022

With all things being equal, the adage is you should write everyday.

Is that always possible? No.

Yet, you should write everyday!

How?

Voice memos and the speech to text feature is going to be a big part of it!

If your can scroll for 15 minutes on your phone, you can jot an idea for 15 minutes.

Maximize your time! Future you will thank you.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

October 2022: Skip To The Good Part

The first time I dyed my hair I smiled as I never have–mystified as to how gorgeous I looked as a red head! But it’s always the waiting for the change which is what gets on everyone’s nerves.

One of the elemental things in this life is change. Writing, I believe, powers the change imperceptible. It forces you to reckon internally–whether as writer or reader–with what the world has offered you, and how it has allowed you to bloom or shrink.

I believe in the exploration of yourself, bringing that boldness to the page, you allow the world to peek in your head. Examine your heart, agree with your motives and morals (or lack thereof!), hoping something shared reminds the reader of their own strength, power, and ability for better.

Writers are change agents–whether we want to admit it or not.

October 2022: With Power

Writing is and can be a most intimate work, and vehicle why which we do seek to change the world–no matter how large it may be.

The question really becomes is what do you want to change, and why? Once you answer that, there then comes the cascade:

Will this change be personal?

Will this change provoke other change?

Do you want this change to be sustainable?

The conveying of ideas has always sparked, forced, or moved cultures, greater society towards change. Writers and artists–those weird people who see the world behind the world–are the perfect leaders to provoke it.

The question then becomes: are you that brave enough to begin a dialogue which may have someone wind up quoting you?